Quoting Da Mommy:" Well, she was 7lbs 8oz at birth, and she's fairly tall (she was 23in at her last checkup, but they didn't ... [snip!] ... is, her daddy was like 11lbs at birth, and ridiculously fat, even though he was strictly FFed. So it could also be genetic. :/"
There's a little more if you click on the link but I didn't want to take up a whole page with my post.
Is my exclusively breastfed baby gaining too much weight?
August 4, 2011. Posted in: Growth & Development
,What is Normal?
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By Kelly Bonyata, BS, IBCLC
It is normal for breastfed babies to gain weight more rapidly than their formula-fed peers during the first 2-3 months and then taper off (particularly between 9 and 12 months). There is absolutely NO evidence that a large breastfed baby will become a large child or adult. In fact, there is good research
to indicate that breastfed babies are less likely to be obese children or adults than babies who were formula-fed.
Babies who gain quickly during infancy often start to slim down once they become more mobile; ie. rolling, crawling, pulling up, walking, running, etc. Often toddlers are very picky eaters and/or become almost too “busy” to take the time to eat. The fat laid down in infancy ensures that there are ample stores to pull from during the active toddler years.
Keep in mind, too, that breastmilk is a perfect food. There are NO empty calories or fillers. The amount
of fat or calories in breastmilk is not affected by mom’s dietary fat or sugar intake. However, mom can change the types
of fat in her milk by altering the types of fat that she eats. (See Can you affect the amount of fat or calories in your milk? What we know from research
Do not try to limit your baby’s nursing by stretching out feedings, limiting time at the breast, using a pacifier to “hold baby off” until a specified time has passed, or offering water
so that baby nurses less. It can be dangerous to limit your baby’s growth by limiting nursing, as your baby needs the nutrients and fat for proper growth and brain development.
Only by continuing to feed your baby on cue
will you ensure that his needs are perfectly met and that your milk supply is maintained.